Fr. Jim was raised in Aiken, SC and was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church as child. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC and graduated with a BS in Biology in 1976. Returning to Aiken he worked for several years as research assistant at the Savannah River Ecology Lab and then at the Medical College of Georgia. He moved to Augusta, GA and changed careers, taking a job with the Golden Harvest Food Bank where he served as the Agency Coordinator and helped churches to use the Food Bank as a resource in their ministries to the needy. He married Kay Weede in 1984 and they moved to Atlanta in 1989 when Jim took a job with the Atlanta Community Food Bank as a special events fundraiser. He still works there in supporting the Information Technology Systems. He and Kay have three grown children. Jim has been active in the church for many years serving on the vestry, teaching Sunday school, participating in Cursillo and leading worship at prayer meetings. He worked to start Kairos Prison Ministry in the state of Georgia. For many years he and his family attended the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, and Jim began to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church of North America in June of 2011. On November 3, 2012, Jim was ordained to the priesthood at the annual synod of the Anglican Diocese of the South. Trinity called Fr. Jim to be our permanent rector in early 2014.
Bishop/Presbyter David Upshaw
The Rt. Rev. David Upshaw recently received a letter of licensure by the Anglican Diocese of the South to serve as Presbyter under the authority and direction of Fr. Jim Cheetham, Rector, at Trinity Anglican in Douglasville, GA. He was the first Bishop for the Communion of the Convergence Anglican Church, and now serves that communion in Emeritus status in a supporting role to its presiding Bishop. Bishop David is married and lives outside of Atlanta with his wife. He was the former Dean of the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels in Thomaston, GA, and was consecrated as a Bishop on December 3, 2005. Bishop Upshaw attended Georgia State University and graduated from Logos Christian College and Graduate School. He also attended St. Michael’s Seminary where he completed all required work for his Master’s. Prior to entering the ministry, Bp. Upshaw worked in the communications field. After retirement, he became a class facilitator for Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Counseling, as well as for Juvenile Justice programs, and also worked as a Hospice Chaplain.
Deacon Melinda Scarbrough
Deacon Melinda Scarborough has been a member of Trinity Anglican Church for many years. She felt a call to minister as a chaplain in the prison system. She was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church in North American in June of 2014, and has been working with Kairos Prison Ministry, serving as a volunteer chaplain at Lee Arrendale State Prison, and as a Deacon here at Trinity.
Deacon Dena Upshaw
Deacon Dena Upshaw was received by the Anglican Diocese of the South on Sunday, May 17, 2015. She is a registered nurse, wife, mother and grandmother, as well as an author and writer. Dena is also the daughter of Fr. Ed Koehn, who is a priest in the ADOTS. She graduated from Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, OK. Her education continued at Rhema Bible College where she graduated with a ministerial diploma, Tulsa Community College, with Associate Degree in Nursing, and from Logos Christian College and Graduate School with a Bachelors Degree in Religious Arts. Before taking her vows as a deacon, Dena served in a former communion as an assistant to the diocesan Bishop, publishing the diocesan newsletter, and the weekly bulletin, among other assorted duties. Dcn. Dena was ordained to the Diaconate Oct. 15, 2005, and served in another communion with various responsibilities in church functions such as music, communications, administration, and occasional preaching. She is currently working as a nurse in addition to her responsibilities as Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Trinity Anglican, serving under the leadership of Fr. Jim Cheetham, Rector.
Deacon Rick Gillert
Rick Gillert is the son of a minister and native Georgian who grew up mostly in Arkansas. He has a B.A. in English from John Brown University and an M.L.I.S. from Valdosta State University. He is currently studying at Trinity School for Ministry. In addition, he enjoys oil painting and drawing and has shown his artwork locally in Georgia. Rick was ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of North America at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, on May 4, 2013.
Deacon Rick is now on leave to further his education with the desire to become a Hospice Chaplain.
Ty Bragg, Minister of Music
As Minister of Music for Trinity Anglican Church, Ty Bragg is living out a dream he has carried for many years. Music has played an important role in his life from the time of his earliest recollections.
During his years of study, he was a highly sought after soloist and doors of opportunity began to open. For several years he set aside his education to pursue his musical talent performing in musical theater, a European and North African USO and the role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Out of the JCSS production, Ty found himself in the Netherlands with a deep desire to learn more of his Christian commitment.
After sitting under the discipleship of American Missionaries in Holland, he began working with European and Middle East Missionaries. For nearly five years he traveled throughout Europe and parts of the Middle East singing and doing the work of an evangelist.
After returning to the United States, Ty completed his undergraduate studies and Communication. For nearly three decades Ty Bragg was a personality on radio and television. As a journalist, Ty was a producer, making news documentaries centering on cultural and religious freedom issues and produced two television series. But, music was his heart, his love, his gift, his avocation.
Ty’s conversion to Christianity came during his college years. Since then he has worked with a number of ministries including Inter Varsity Fellowship, Young Life, Teen Challenge, and Coming Clean Ministries and currently ministers at the local jail doing Prison Ministry.
Within the Provence Ty Bragg has been a member of the ADOTS Standing Committee, a featured speaker for the American Anglican Council and is currently Coordinator for ADOTS Intercessors.
Our Current Vestry
Walt Campbell – Senior Warden
Ty Bragg – Junior Warden